Fruit Rings

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A long time ago my mouth watered when I saw a bag of Trolli Apple-O’s or Peachie-O’s hanging in a gas station. Now I kind of gag thinking about how many bags of those I consumed along HWY 9 en route home way back when. Before the holidays I posted about wanting a food dehydrator. I actually didn’t think I’d receive one but I did! Now I’ve found a new way to get something similar to what I once craved – dried apple rings!

How-To:
First things first, get some apples and take out the cores. I used Honeycrisp apples that weren’t in perfect condition – note the random bruises and/or potential insect markings cut out. If you know of a producer selling seconds, or apples that have markings, these work great and are cheaper!Apples1Slice the apples into the desired thickness for your dried fruit rings. Being this was the first time I’d done this I played around with the thickness and made some really thin (that didn’t work so well) and some similar to the photo below, which is what I recommend.
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Next, you’ll need to find a way to keep the apples from turning brown. Many websites recommended ascorbic acid but I went with the good old lemon juice trick. For this particular batch I used four apples and the juice from two lemons. I diluted the juice with a little water and then added two teaspoons of cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey to give the rings a little flavor. 
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My dehydrator called for the rings to be dried at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for anywhere from 12-24 hours. No, that’s not a typo, anywhere from 12-24 hours. Mine were done in 12, by the way. I would imagine the large range of drying time is dependent on thickness of fruit as well as your desired crispness. Apples4 After they were done I put them in a bag and have been snacking on them here and there when I want a little something sweet. I definitely recommend making apple rings if you have a dehydrator! This was my first time drying fruit and I’m sure I’ll get better and post more as I try more fruits.  If you don’t have a dehydrator I’m sure there are ways to do this in the oven so do some searching as this is a healthy and easy do it yourself snack!Apples5